Platinum Star back on song for Saeed bin Suroor with Ripon win

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Godolphin’s Platinum Star made the most of having his sights lowered as he claimed a clear-cut victory in the British Stallion Studs EBF Ripon Champion Two Yrs Old Trophy.

Saeed bin Suroor’s juvenile was only narrowly beaten in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot and the July Stakes at Newmarket earlier in the summer – and was last seen finishing fifth behind Godolphin’s star juvenile Pinatubo in the Group Two Vintage Stakes at Goodwood.

Dropping back into Listed company at the North Yorkshire track, the Lope De Vega colt was the 6-4 favourite in the hands of Callum Shepherd – and after hitting the front racing inside the final two furlongs, he found plenty in the closing stages to score by three and a half lengths.

Archie Watson’s filly Lambeth Walk was best of the rest in second, narrowly ahead of the Richard Hannon-trained Oh Purple Reign in third.

Bin Suroor said: “We decided to drop him in class and drop him in trip and this looked a really good race for him.

“He has shown plenty of speed in the mornings and in his last piece of work on the Limekilns he worked really well.

“He’s doing good physically and he’s in good form. We’ll try and find a Group race for him over six furlongs.

“We’ll keep the options open for him.”

Platinum Star’s big-race entries include the seven-furlong Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on September 14 and the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on September 28.

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Moulin mission for Godolphin's Line Of Duty

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Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby will continue to campaign Line Of Duty over a mile after earmarking the Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp as his next target.

The son of Galileo will bid to claim his first victory since winning last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, in the Group One prize on September 8.

After suffering defeats in the Dante and Derby, Line Of Duty hinted at a return to form last time out when finishing third back over a mile in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.

Appleby said: “Line Of Duty put up a good performance at Deauville. It was pleasing to see him do it the right way round, in finishing the race rather than going backwards in the last furlong.

“He will probably go back for the Moulin. It is Group One level, which he deserves to be in on the back of that last start.

“Ease in the ground will help him, and the mile looks to be his trip. ”

Having come to the conclusion that Line Of Duty is best suited to a mile, Appleby feels his hand was rather forced to try him over further earlier in the campaign.

He said: “We didn’t have a strong three-year-old team, so we tried him at distances which extended him in the end in going the mile and a quarter, then the mile and a half.

“We felt we had nothing to lose dropping back to the mile, and thankfully that is what has rekindled a bit of form there.”

A trip to France and return to the top table is on the cards for Hungerford Stakes winner Glorious Journey, with Appleby identifying the Qatar Prix de la Foret in Paris on October 6 as his main aim.

He said: “I was delighted with the performance, but the ease in the ground and seven-furlong trip were key. We always felt he had an engine there, and he deserved to win a race like that.

“He has come out of the race very well. A step forward would be a crack at the Foret.

“He is in the Park Stakes (at Doncaster) – but he would have a penalty in that now, so it is unlikely, unless the Foret looked particularly punchy on entry level.”

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Godolphin's Royal Crusade one to note following Newmarket debut

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Godolphin‘s Royal Crusade added his name to what is fast becoming a powerful-looking juvenile team being assembled by Charlie Appleby with a winning debut at Newmarket on Friday.

The Shamardal colt, who holds Group One entries in the Middle Park and Dewhurst Stakes, hit the target at the first time of asking, holding fellow debutant Hot Summer at bay by a neck in the cjmurfitt.com British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes.

Appleby said of the 5-6 winner: “It was very pleasing. We are not going to get away from it as his home work has been nice.

“We know the family and we were fortunate to have the mare in her racing career (Zibelina) and being by Shamardal you can’t go wrong.

“As William (Buick) said, he is a work in progress in respect that he was very green out there. He travelled for fun and there was nothing that could take him for long enough unfortunately.

“William said if he could have sat for a bit longer it would have helped him. He is a big, strong individual. We won’t rush him back. There are plenty of autumn targets there.”

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